Armidale is set high on the Great Dividing Range in northern New South Wales. The city is located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and just over two hours from Coffs Harbour on the mid north coast. Known for its distinct seasons, the summers are mild, autumns change spectacular, followed by a crisp winter and a spring reawakening with colour.
With its unique blend of culture, state of the
art technology, educational diversity and natural beauty, Armidale is a city
offering everything worth living for. The region offers a diversity of outdoor activities from bushwalking in the vast and spectacular gorge country, to trout and fly fishing, fossicking and horse riding.
Explore world heritage national parks. Wander through beautiful gardens or stroll along streets of yesteryear. Linger at alfresco cafes or marvel at works of great artistry. For the adventurous, opportunities for horse trekking, white water rafting, bushwalking and 4WD exploring are plentiful.
There are strong educational and cultural facilities in Armidale, which have exerted a uniquely cosmopolitan influence on this rural centre. The University of New England and three large traditional private schools each provide a level of education comparable to any capital city in Australia.
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Cathedral Rock National Park
Cathedral Rock National Park is scattered with giant boulders, sculpted rock and distinctive granite. The park provides many opportunities for bushwalking, bird watching and camping. The 360 degree view from the top of the rock is magnificent and well worth the climb. Camping and picnic facilities are located at Barokee and Native Dog Creek Rest areas within the park.
A magnificent gorge which houses two spectacular waterfalls, the Wollomombi Falls is one of Australia's highest at 260m, and the Chandler Falls located 40km east of Armidale along the Waterfall Way. A great opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenery, a picnic, a stroll along one of the gorge rim trails or hike to the gorge riverbed. Facilities include drinking water, pit toilets, shelter shed & fireplace and bush camping available for overnight stays.
Dangars Gorge is not only a natural wonder but has Aboriginal and pioneering history. In 1860 it was even crossed on a tightrope by a daring Italian! Walking tracks take you around the edge of the gorge and onto lookout platforms that offer breathtaking views. Visitor facilities include a shelter shed with picnic tables, gas barbeques, drinking water, pit toilets, and information display and a camping area that suits caravans.
Ebor Falls are where the Guy Fawkes River takes its first spectacular plunge off the tablelands. The falls continue to flow, even in dry periods. Facilities include picnic tables, pit toilets, BBQs, information display and lookout platforms with easy access. Camping facilities are available at the Chaelundi Camping Area.
Gara Gorge is locally referred to as the Blue Hole and is located 16kms from Armidale along the Castledoyle Road. Gara Gorge is a popular picnic and barbecue spot. It is well known for its scenic bush strolls and beautiful swimming holes. It is also the site of Australia s first commercial Hydro-electric Scheme. The remains of this historic scheme can be viewed today, via the Threlfall Historic Walk. No camping is permitted at Gara Gorge.
Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve and Rock Art Site
Mount Yarrowyck is located in the traditional territory of the main Aboriginal tribe of the New England Tablelands, called the Anaiwan. A 3km loop walk can access the rock art site, a significant landmark of Aboriginal Cultural heritage.
New England National Park
New England National Park is a World Heritage 29985ha haven for bush walkers, sightseers and campers. Majestic views and walking tracks range from half a day to full day treks. At 1564 metres above sea level, Point Lookout provides spectacular views of the near vertical escarpment and a magnificent panorama to the north, east and south, from two viewing platforms. Bush camping and accommodation facilities are both available within the park.
Old Teacher's College
This fine building is in the style of the Italian Renaissance, with the main entrance featuring six iconic columns. It was modelled on the Sydney Teacher's College and it provided educational training for country students until 1994, when it was transferred to a building on the University of New England campus. The two Institutions had amalgamated in 1988 and the University had been given guardianship of the complex of building on the site.
Green Gully Track
Green Gully Track is a challenging 4-day hike that takes you deep into the Apsely-Macleay gorges with awe inspiring ridge-top views and crystal clear mountain streams. This hike is unique as accommodation is available in restored stockman's huts with modern comforts including water, beds, picnic and cooking equipment and a pit toilet.